Importbuddy and migrating from backupbuddy backup

December 17, 2014 1.5k views

I'm trying to migrate my existing WP to DigitalOcean. I have a backup made with BackupBuddy.

After trying to use importbuddy.php to restore backup, process freezes when selecting backup file (~400 MB) that I uploaded and trying to restore. Also it seems that files are unpacked but nothing happens.

2 Answers


Here is what you want to do.

  1. Create the Ubuntu LAMP app droplet.

  2. Use putty or an ssh client to access console and set your passwords. ( I find the web interface handy in a pinch, but a bit finicky).

  3. Once logged in run mysqlsecureinstallation (it is suggested in the mtod) and set your mysql password to what you want.

  4. Follow this article from Digital Ocean (except skip the part about downloading and copying WordPress of course).

  5. chmod 777 on the /var/www/html directory to run importbuddy.php.

  6. Import as per usual.

  7. Test things out and then use the clean-up option from importbuddy.php.

  8. chmod 755 on the var/www/html directory.

You should be good to go.

  • Just wanted to thank you a lot Stooky :)
    I was stuck at this.. because I created a droplet with wordpress (not LAMP), thinking that I have to have wp installed first to restore the backupbuddy copy. Thanks again :)

@tamerca2011 no problem. If everyone shared their little findings through struggles, the world would be a better place!

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